SXSW Review: The Chairs, GRRRL GANG

Having seen a few shows now for SXSW Online, I really appreciate the effort some bands put into their SXSW streaming content. Some just go the extra mile.

The Chairs

Playing in what I can best describe as an indoor fishing pond that is popular in parts of Asia, The Chairs blew me away with their simple three song set.

With a seemingly Wong Kar-Wai inspired feel, the trio sings in multiple languages and has a sort of retro pop vibe that has me feeling like they would play a set in a dingy TST bar in late ’60s Hong Kong (or whatever the equivalent is in Taipei). It’s a simple three song sample, but I’m into it.

Grrrrl Gang

London’s Damnably Records is one of my favorite record labels of recent years and they continue to introduce me to great new bands. And one of the standout bands on their Friday night showcase was Grrrl Gang.

Grrrrl Gang is an Indonesian indie band that has clearly listened to the likes of The Vaselines and The Pastels growing up. Don’t let their influences deter you though, they are their own band and their jangly power pop shined through the TV screen. Colour me impressed.

Their set included someone biking into the space before playing an instrument and concluded with lead singer Angeeta Sentana going back to painting, because of course thats what they would be doing.

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